Archive for April 2010

Don’t sleep on the Rays!

April 28, 2010

The American League East is starting out in a crazy way this season.  Sure Baltimore is at the bottom of the heap like always, no surprise there. However, The Blue Jays and the Red Sox are locked in 3rd place with a 10-11 record. Not the scorching start Bostonians had in mind. The most glaring statistic is that with a 12-7 record and winning their first 5 out of 6 series The Bronx Bombers are still only in second place. The Tampa Bay Rays are holding down the top spot with a 15-5 record. They are hotter then Oliva Wilde right now. Of course it’s early. Of course everything could be different in a month. Say what you will, right now the Tampa Bay Rays are the team to beat.

If we take a closer look at the Rays you can see that their winning ways are no fluke. They are clearly talented earning a trip to the World Series two short years ago. Twenty games into the season and the Rays lead the AL East in Runs, RBI, Stolen Bases, and are tied for first in batting average.  Not to shabby. They are winning games with their bats right now.

Don’t worry though they are also winning games with their arms as well.  They lead the entire American League in wins. They are tops in the AL East in ERA and except for the Yankees have let up the least amount of hits. Pretty solid all the way around.

I am not an expert on anything but I do know that if you score more runs then everyone and let up the fewest you are going to win about 15 out of your first 20 games ya heard! Will the Rays fall off? It’s sure possible. Do they have some turmoil right now? sure. Their catcher Dioner Navarro was just suspended two games for making contact with an umpire. That is the type of distraction that can really affect a team over the marathon season if it keeps happening.

All in all don’t sleep on the Tampa Bay Rays. They are tearing it up right now and are playing as well as anyone in the big leagues.

Where are the feared Red Sox

April 19, 2010

Before the season began all I kept hearing is how much better the Red Sox were going to be this year and that they were what was standing in the Yankees way of repeat championships.

Now I know the season is very young and I know that they will be in the mix of things come playoff time so lets not even go there. Where we will go is the back end of the rotation. With Dice K on the DL I actually have to go look up who the Red Sox forth and fifth starters are. Wait here……… Bucholtz and Wakefield. Bucholtz I cant say to many bad things about he has good stuff and when he gets the green out from behind his ears I think he is going to be very good. But Wakefield? I cant believe this guy is still pitching. Beckett (their Ace) has only 1 win in three starts , Lester is 0-2  8.44 ERA, and Lackey is 1-1 5.63. If this continues thats not going to get it done. Getting Swept by the Rays after losing two out of three to the Twins has Boston at the bottom of the pack looking up. At 4-9 they are 6 games out of first.

Good news Boston fans, You have a cake schedule ahead of you. The next twelve games are against Texas,Baltimore, and Toronto (who aren’t as easy as they look on paper . Its tough to say the Red Sox are in trouble this early in the year but if they go 4-8 in the next twelve I may reconsider.  Im still sticking with my earlier pick that its a two team race between the Yankees and the Rays for the AL East.

Carl Crawford is wicked awesome

April 13, 2010

Carl Crawford has stated that he needs to focus on the business at hand this season. Its hard to do with reporters asking him about becoming a free agent at the end of the season. Crawford has stated that it wont be a distraction and it hasn’t been. He proved it again it again tonight at Baltimore where he went 4 for 4 with a HR. On the season Crawford is  batting .375 with 7 RBI and a HR. Now I know its very very early in the year but he is already putting fear into opposing pitchers when he steps up to the plate and opposing catchers whenever he is on the basepads.

Crawford becoming a free agent will be the talk of the town after this years world series. The question is which town will he be the talk of? We all have a pretty good Idea where he will land but during the process there will be a few other citys that never  sleep as well.

I thought this was a joke

April 11, 2010

I do solomly swear im an idiot

This made me literally laugh out loud. Apparently Barry Bonds has said that he is proud of Mark MaGuire for coming forward and admitting his steroid use. I cant even come up with a smart ass analogy that compares this idiocy to anything.  I guess it would be like Iran congradulating North Korea for disarming their nukes, even that is not as funny.

Both of these guys are cheating bums. I gotta believe that much of this is comprised as a side show.Kinda like the WWE pay per view stuff. If the whole thing is legit with Mcguire being the hitting coach and Bonds being the baseball hero that supports him that is just down right embarrassing for them and the St Louis Cardinals.

Umpire looks stupid.

April 9, 2010

The topic of baseball games taking to long has been a controversy for years. What I dont get is why. If im going to pay 50 dollars to go see my favorite team play I really dont care how long the game is. The more time I get to spend seeing my favorite players the better. When Umpire Joe West was asked his opinion after Tuesdays Red Sox vs Yankees game  this is what he had to say:

“They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace,” said West, the chief of the umpiring crew working the three-game series, according to the report. “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?

“It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play,” he said,

Ok last time I checked Mr West you are an Umpire, your job is to call balls and strikes and to enforce the rules of the game. Your job is not to call the two best teams in the game pathetic and embarrassing. Why does anyone care what this ass thinks in the first  place. I’m guessing they are paid by the game and not by the hour or his opinion would be vastly different..  So the fact that this idiot thinks the games are to long are one thing but the fact that he opened his mouth and called them pathetic is another. How will we ever be able to believe that he will be a fair and impartial  judge  of the game again? I for one am calling out for the obvious Platter vs Head sinerio. Fire JoeWest!

David Ortiz has a potty mouth

April 7, 2010

After going a second straight game without a hit reporters were bound to bring up memory’s  of Ortiz’s slow start in 2009. ESPN published his quote minus the “expletives” here.

I would like to republish this filling in what I believe David might have said.

Good,” he said, turning to face the reporters encircling him. “You guys wait till It fucking  happens, then you can talk shit.. Two fucking  games, and already you douche bags are going crazy.

“What’s up with that, man? Shit theres a fucking 160 games left. That’s a Bunch of bull shit. One of you cock suckers got to go ahead and hit for me.”

Or something like that.  Im just saying

Pedro Plans to pitch

April 6, 2010

Pedro Martinez has announced his intent to pitch this season. Last season the 38 year old future hall of famer made a mid season appearance with the Phillies and went 5-1 with an ERA of 3.63.He will begin a throwing regiment this week and hopes to entice a contender to take a chance on him down the stretch. He wants to pitch on the East Coast and it would not surprise me if the Phillies reacquire him. There would also be a bunch of people that would like to see him back with the Red Sox. ( The back end of their rotation is sketchy at best) It would also be interesting to see him land in the Bronx. If the injury bug should bite the Yankees would be the only way I could see it happening as the Yankees on paper anyhow have the best rotation in the American League.

Wherever he lands he will surely bring alot of media attention with him and will fill some empty seats. Im putting my money on a return to Philadelphia,